Orthodox Churches

Faithful in Khabarovsk call for rebuilding arch to commemorate 1891 visit of future Tsar Nicholas II

A meeting of the initiative group advocating for the re-establishment of Khabarovsk’s triumphal arch took place in Friday at the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary, under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Vladimir of Khabarovsk. The arch was initially constructed in time with the 1891 visit of then-Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov, the future tsar and royal martyr, reports the site of the Khabarovsk Diocese.

Library at St. Catherine’s Monastery reopens after restoration

Library at St. Catherine’s Monastery reopens after restoration
Library at St. Catherine’s Monastery reopens after restoration
Library at St. Catherine’s Monastery reopens after restoration
Library at St. Catherine’s Monastery reopens after restoration

The collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts, preserved in the Monastery of St. Catherine on the Sinai Peninsula, has opened again for research upon completion of the first stage of restoration in the monastery library. The process of restoring part of the storage room has continued for nearly nine years, under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, reports TASS.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Bari Inter-Christian relations, News

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Bari Inter-Christian relations, News
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Bari Inter-Christian relations, News
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Bari Inter-Christian relations, News
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Bari Inter-Christian relations, News

On December 18-19, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), visited Bari, Italy, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

First complete Greek-language biography of Royal Martyrs to be released in January

The holy Royal Martyrs are among the most beloved Russian saints today. Their icons adorn every Russian parish, monuments to them are popping up all over Russia, and a whole host of religious and cultural events throughout Russia are planned in their honor for 2018, when the centenary of their martyrdom—their entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven—will be celebrated on July 17.

However, the truth of their lives and deaths often remains shrouded in mystery, and their importance and sanctity can be misunderstood even by other Orthodox Christians. A new biography, The Romanov Holy Royal Martyrs: What Silence Could Not Conceal, the first complete biography of the Royal Martyrs to be published in Greek, aims to clear away some of the misconceptions and clearly portray the full scope of the martyric feat of the last Russian Royal Family, demonstrating why they are so greatly loved and venerated in Russia, and beyond.

Foundation stone of Church of Romanov doctor St. Eugene Botkin consecrated in St. Petersburg

Foundation stone of Church of Romanov doctor St. Eugene Botkin consecrated in St. Petersburg
Foundation stone of Church of Romanov doctor St. Eugene Botkin consecrated in St. Petersburg
Foundation stone of Church of Romanov doctor St. Eugene Botkin consecrated in St. Petersburg
Foundation stone of Church of Romanov doctor St. Eugene Botkin consecrated in St. Petersburg

The celebration of the rite of the consecration of the foundation stone of a future church in honor of St. Eugene Botkin took place yesterday at the multidisciplinary clinic at the St. Petersburg Military-Medical Academy, from which the saintly doctor himself graduated.

Conference in honor of St. Herman of Alaska to be held in Moscow

The great Russian missionary to America St. Herman of Alaska will be honored with a three-day conference in Moscow December 22-24. The Second Annual St. Herman Readings will be held at the Moscow podvoriye of Valaam Monastery, St. Herman himself having originated from the northern Russian Valaam Monastery.

The conference, which will include lectures and conversations with missionaries, a round table on modern missions, and the First Congress of Missionary Societies, promises to be one of the major missionary events of the year, according to the podvoriye’s website.

Among those invited to the readings are Archpriest Oleg Stenyaev, Archpriest Christopher Hill, Andrei Solodkov, Athanasius Zoitakis, and a host of active missionaries and preachers. Topics will include the asceticism of the missionary, problems of missionary polemics, the history and modern condition of Orthodox missions, the organization of parish missionary programs, the rehabilitation of people coming to the Church from other religions, and the missionary heritage of St. Herman of Alaska.

Met. Onuphry of Kiev honors memory of heroes of Chernobyl

Met. Onuphry of Kiev honors memory of heroes of Chernobyl
Met. Onuphry of Kiev honors memory of heroes of Chernobyl
Met. Onuphry of Kiev honors memory of heroes of Chernobyl
Met. Onuphry of Kiev honors memory of heroes of Chernobyl

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine honored the memory of the heroes of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant tragedy yesterday, the day of their memory.